On the third consecutive night of violence amidst the Israel-Palestine conflict, dozens more were injured, and a young 6-year-old Jewish boy lost his life. Riots and attacks perpetrated by Arab and Jewish civilians also contributed to a night of unrest in several pockets of the country.
In response to attacks and brawls from both sides, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also urged Israeli citizens not to take the law into their own hands. In Akko, a mob of Arab rioters attacked a Jewish man in his 30s and severely injured him. The incident took place near Egged Square in the city and left the man in critical condition. Magen David Adom teams transported the man to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya and intubated and sedated him. According to local media, the Jewish man was attacked while he was in his car and was beaten with rocks and sticks.
On the other hand, after a day of rocket attacks on the city of Lod, where two casualties were reported on Tuesday, a man was shot and seriously injured. He was evacuated by a Magen David ambulance which was attacked by a large crowd and stoned, causing the windshield to crack. The man was taken to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital for treatment.
In another incident, a police officer was injured during a protest that turned violent in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Tzur Bahar.
Expressing their anger at these attacks, some Jewish citizens felt helpless and took matters into their own hands in Bat Yam where Jewish protesters marched down main streets, smashing Arab-owned businesses and attacking passersby. According to media reports, four of the alleged attackers were arrested while chanting “death to Arabs” and “may your village burn.”
In response to this, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, immediately appealed to the public for restraint in response to the violence: “Innocent Israeli citizens are being attacked by terrorist organizations, the blood is indeed hot and our hearts are outraged; the scenes are difficult to watch. However, we must not be dragged into provocations and to hurting people or harming property. According to the Torah, there is no permission to take the law into one’s hands and act violently. The work of restoring order must be left to the police. We must be a light unto the nations, and not, G-d forbid, the opposite.”